Friday, June 23

like so many uncaged birds

The one great glory of the film is this language. The greatest credit I can assign to those who made the film is that they have loved and served the language so well. I don't feel that much of the delivery is inspired; it is merely so good, so right, that the words set loose in the graciously designed world of the screen, like so many uncaged birds, fully enjoy and take care of themselves.

-- James Agee, on Laurence Olivier's Henry V, in Agee on Film